If you ever had gum disease before, you need proper periodontal maintenance to prevent it from coming back again. At Magnolia Modern Dentistry, our dentists offer effective plans to help our patients keep gum disease away.
What is Periodontal Maintenance?
Periodontal maintenance means something different for each patient. After you undergo treatment for gum disease, whether just a scaling and root planing or something more invasive, you need a plan to keep your gums healthy and our dentists can help you do just that.
Most often, our dentists recommend more frequent cleanings for patients. Rather than waiting every six months to have a cleaning, you may have a cleaning every three months. This equates to four cleanings a year, which is often necessary if you are susceptible to gum disease. With more frequent professional cleanings, the plaque and bacteria get removed from your teeth long before they can turn into tartar and cause gum disease.
The cleanings that you get after having gum disease are a little different than the standard cleaning patients get every six months. At these cleanings, our hygienists get into the pockets of your gums. This is the area between your teeth and the jawbone and is where gum disease starts. Our gentle hygienists will make sure the area is completely clean and alert our dentists of any problem areas they see to catch the problem early.
Periodontal Maintenance at Home
How you care for your teeth at home also plays a vital role in your periodontal maintenance. We encourage our patients to brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day, paying close attention to any areas of concern.
When you brush and floss twice a day, you remove the debris and bacteria that accumulates from regular eating habits. If you have an excessive amount of sugar, carbohydrates, or food that gets stuck in your teeth, it is vital that you brush your teeth right away to remove the risk of it turning into plaque and eventually tartar.
Keep up Your Regular Dental Appointments
In addition to your cleanings, you need your bi-annual dental exams. This is when our dentists can look over your teeth and the health of your gums. If we catch any signs of gum disease early, we can effectively treat it without making you go through invasive procedures.
Think of your oral health habits and more frequent cleanings/exams as a proactive step in saving your teeth. You only get one chance at keeping your natural teeth. It is our job to help you reach that goal by providing optimal care for your teeth and gums. Our dentists are gentle, communicative, and the experts at all types of gum disease and oral health issues.
If you are worried about your periodontal maintenance or lack thereof, call Magnolia Modern Dentistry at (530)671-1770 today. Ask us any questions that you may have or make your appointment to come in for a checkup. Our staff will help guide you to the right steps to help you achieve optimal oral health as quickly as possible.